Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week One!


Apparently, the first day of spring was March 20. Yesterday, April 7, was the first day of spring term in my studio. As for the arrival of true spring weather…….

I wanted to kick off with colour and simple shapes. You may not consider the bottles and jars to be simple shapes but try to forget that they’re made of glass. They’re very familiar objects and can be communicated to your viewer with much less fuss than you may think.

I painted shapes and marks within the overall silhouette of each object, using a mix of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna to make a grey. I attempted to make ‘articulate’ shapes and marks that helped to describe the form of the object. In combination with the overall silhouette of the local colour, these shapes and marks can give a strong sense of the essence of the object.

The best example below is the yellow bottle with the handle. The version in the middle of the sheet shows only the grey shapes and marks. It’s not much but still suggests something about the bottle. When the yellow silhouette is added, as it is on the left of the sheet, the object is quite clear.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

It was good to see everyone back in action. Some of the students hadn’t been painting much over the break. A few had been to Mexico with me and were definitely on their game. Still, everyone applied themselves and you can the results. The PM class was missing most of our painters for the first night, for various reasons, but they’ll be back soon!

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique



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